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    Three By Mee: Part 2, The Bacchae

    Charles Mee's reinvention of Euripides' cosmic battle of nature and civilization, of gods and man, is enacted with a stinging contemporary edge.

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    Xanadu

    Oh, the jukebox trove some people will raid in the interests of creating drama. Not just any jukebox, mind you, but the cornier cannon of the Electric Light Orchestra. "Magic," anyone? "Evil Woman"?

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    Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit

    All bets for sacred-cow Broadway musicals and their stars to escape unscathed are off. Since 1982, writer-director Gerard Alessandrini has been updating his inspired Off-Broadway series, which serves up tough-love spoofs of the genre he adores.

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    Lady K is on the Mic

    What gives this solo performance its engaging quality is author-actor Kim Blackwell's equal-opportunity honesty. For audiences of all ethnicities, her comments make for an enlighteningly enjoyable evening.

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    Black Watch

    The play is in itself a contradiction in terms: It's an anti-war -- or at any rate anti-Iraq War -- play, but it's rooted in love for the military and regimental pride, lifting it out of cliché and anchoring it in ambiguity.

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    Otello

    The performers here are quite operatic in voice, some more marvelously than others. But modern audiences increasingly expect a little acting with their opera.

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    The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

    The premise is ingenious, but the indulgent script cries out for stronger focus. Nonetheless, this superbly acted rendition offers considerable rewards, capitalizing on Guirgis' slyly irreverent humor and incisive exploration of heady themes.

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    Defiance

    This is the second play in John Patrick Shanley'sDoubttrilogy. LikeDoubt, which focuses on an intolerant and judgmental nun,Defianceconcentrates on a religious figure: a Lutheran Marine chaplain whose arrogance and lack of doubt make him a moral absolutist.

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    Texmas

    I knew that wrapped in this package were some of the better comic actors in town, so it was a treasure I approached with keen anticipation.